Camden Backel’s going to be missing a few days of school this week…so he can play in the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship.
On Monday, the 17-year-old Madison Central High School student survived an eight-man playoff for a spot in the tournament. Jake Younan, Craig Kanada and Garrett Osborn are the other three players to get through the Monday four-spot.
Backel got through Friday’s pre-qualifying tournament with a 67, then shot 7-under 65 at Lake Caroline Golf Club in the 86-player Monday qualifying tournament. That was good enough to land in the eight-man playoff with seven players, including several familiar PGA Tour names: Steve Marino, Matt Harmon, Brad Elder, Len Mattice, Jay Woodson, Shane Bertsch and Smylie Kaufman.
Can't even start to believe I'm going to be teeing it up with PGA Tour pros this week! Its going to be a great! pic.twitter.com/l0mPsYnzJx
— Camden Backel (@camdenbackel) November 4, 2014
A birdie on the 10th hole kept Backel in the playoff, then a par on the next hole got him the final spot in the field.